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scott pelley" is next. remember the latest news and weather, always on ning ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: high hopes, up in smoke. the obama administration refuses to lift restrictions on marijuana, keeping the federal government at odds with half the states. also tonight, allegations that u.s. intelligence about the war on isis was manipulated. >> the facts on the ground didn't match what the intelligence was saying out of the united states central command. >> there it goes! >> pelley: road hazards drivers rarely see coming until it's too late. >> i got severely lucky on the highway that no one ran me over or hit me. >> pelley: and, fast friends-- lochte and phelps. >> win or lose, we're still going to be friends, and that rivalry that we've created is just great.
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testing for cbs news captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. we begin with a major setback today for supporters of legalized pot. after a long review, the obama administration decided today that marijuana will remain what is called "a schedule-1 drug," same as heroin, the category for the most dangerous drugs with no known medical application. that puts the federal government in conflict with states that have made pot legal either for recreational or medicinal use. we have more now from don dahler. >> reporter: the drug enforcement administration said marijuana has "no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the united states." this decision keeps marijuana classified as a schedule-1 drug, like heroin and l.s.d., which means the federal government only approves of its use under strictly limited research concerns. chuck rosenberg is acting
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administrator for the d.e.a.: >> it's not about danger. stuff in schedule-1 can be really dangerous or not as dangerous. it's whether or not it's a safe and effective medicine. >> reporter: in violation of federal law, new jersey is one of 42 states and the district of columbia that allow the use of various forms of marijuana for medical use. dr. thomas bellavia of hasbrouck heights, new jersey, has been prescribing it for over three years. >> m.s. patients have a better quality of life. people with glaucoma do much better. especially for people who have been in auto accidents and have chronic pain, it does a really great job for them. >> reporter: and yet there is still such a stigma, this patient didn't want to be identified. >> medical marijuana has helped me in so many ways. i no longer take percocets for back pain, like candy. i don't use them hardly ever. >> reporter: a recent cbs news poll shows 87% of americans approve of medical marijuana. michael collins is with the drug policy alliance: >> they really have their head
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in the sand. and so, i think this is an agency that time and again has proven that it is out of step with science, research, public opinion, political movement on this issue. and i think today's decision is another example of that. >> reporter: the administration will increase the amount of marijuana available for research, as well as open testing up at more institutions. currently, only the university of mississippi is allowed to supply marijuana for research. garden state dispensary is one of five operating in new jersey, and all of these plants are being grown for medicinal use. even though the d.e.a. says that's still illegal, scott, the department of justice says they will make it clear they will not prosecute as long as patients and doctors follow state law. >> pelley: don dahler reporting for us. don, thank you. on the campaign trail today, donald trump blamed president obama and hillary clinton for creating isis. major garrett has the story and a history lesson. >> i call president obama and
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hillary clinton the founders of isis. they're the founders. you got the m.v.p. award. isis will hand her the most valuable player award. her only competition is barack obama, between the two of them. >> reporter: donald trump's criticism that isis rose to prominence during the obama administration ignored president bush's role in removing u.s. troops from iraq. part of trump's argument is that the u.s. troop withdrawals created a security vacuum in iraq that the terror group exploited. president bush negotiated that agreement with iraq's government and set the withdrawal date at the end of 2011. >> in terms of the agreements, this is a major achievement. >> reporter: president obama, elected on a platform of ending the iraq war, enforced the bush- era time line. on the hugh hewitt radio show today, the conservative host gave trump room to back down. >> you meant he created the vacuum, he lost the peace? >> no, i meant he's the founder of isis. i do. >> but he's not sympathetic to them. he hates them. he's trying to kill them. >> i don't care.
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he was the founder. >> reporter: remarks of this kind fuel g.o.p. unrest. today more than 70 republicans signed a letter to r.n.c. chairman reince priebus, urging him to deny all republican party resources and divert them to vulnerable house and republican senate candidates. the goal: save the party from "drowning with a trump- emblazoned anchor around its neck." also today, patti davis, daughter of president ronald reagan, the last american president to survive an assassination attempt, wrote on facebook that trump's comments earlier this week about clinton, the second amendment and the supreme court, "could inspire violence." scott, davis said trump knows words matter, which she said, "makes this all the more horrifying." >> pelley: major garrett following the campaign tonight. major, thank you. well today, president obama received an extraordinary letter from syria-- a plea for help from 15 of the last remaining doctors in aleppo. aleppo once was syria's largest city.
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it is now under siege. syrian government forces, backed by russia and iran, are in a relentless battle with rebels, mostly islamic militants. but civilians are caught in the middle. debora patta is inside syria. >> reporter: under constant bombing, life is hard enough for the 300,000 people living in rebel-held aleppo. and news just got worse with reports of another alleged chlorine attack overnight. its victims included men, women, and young children. ( gunfire ) and for the few remaining doctors there, the relentless fighting and lack of supplies means they are faced with terrible choices. the 15 doctors who wrote to president obama say there is an attack on a medical facility every 17 hours, 42 last month alone. we spoke via skype to pediatrician dr. abu al barra, who is in aleppo tonight. >> the bombing is a lot and
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injury is a lot. >> reporter: he did not want to show his face. "we have to choose who lives and who dies," he said. "and that is something we have to live with every day." the doctors have accused the world, including the u.s., of failing to protect them. and he told us 95% of the casualties are civilians. "we do not need tears," the doctors say, "we need action." but with the fighting intensifying, the situation is now becoming dire for all of the two million people living in both government and rebel-held aleppo. they are in danger of running out of food, fuel, and water. the russians unilaterally declared a three-hour ceasefire, which proved futile today as neither the syrian government nor the opposition rebel coalition ever endorsed it. and now, scott, even if all the warring parties agree to a
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temporary truce, the united nations warns it needs 48 hours to give desperately-needed supplies to the war-weary people of aleppo. >> pelley: debora patta covering the five-year civil war for us. debora, thank you. for more than a year now, americans have been told that the war against isis in syria and iraq has been going well, as were the u.s. efforts to train iraqi soldiers. but today, a congressional task force said that intelligence was altered, to make it appear that things were going better than they were. and it blamed u.s. central command, which runs the wars in the middle east. jim axelrod has been looking into this. >> reporter: the task force was formed to investigate a whistle- blower complaint filed by a senior analyst at centcom, that intelligence was being manipulated by command leadership. republican congressman mike pompeo is a member of the task force: >> this information from talented career professionals
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inside the analytic arm of centcom did their job and accurately depicted what was going on, on the ground, but when it got to very senior levels, that information was changed. >> reporter: according to the report, starting around mid- 2014, final intelligence reports and public statements issued by centcom painted a rosier picture of the iraqi army's strength than the initial assessments of its own analysts. >> ladies and gentlemen, we are making progress. >> reporter: such as when centcom's then-commander general lloyd austin testified in march of 2015 that isis had been weakened in iraq. >> the fact is that he can no longer do what he did at the outset, which is to seize and to hold new territory. he has assumed a defensive crouch in iraq. ( gunfire ) >> reporter: around the same time, a centcom official stated the iraqi army could soon be ready to launch a major offensive to retake the city of mosul. a year and a half later, that still hasn't happened.
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>> when we send young men and women out to fight for our country, they need to have straight-up intelligence providing them information about what they're up against. >> reporter: this task force was made up entirely of republicans, but late today democrats on the house intelligence committee released their findings, and they largely reached the same conclusion. as for centcom, scott, this statement: they are reviewing the report, but since the investigation is ongoing, there will be no comment. >> pelley: jim axelrod reporting for us tonight. jim, thank you. a north carolina man is charged with murder in a case that has been compared to the 2012 killing of trayvon martin by a neighborhood watch volunteer. mark strassmann reports from raleigh. >> reporter: the 911 call from this raleigh home came at 12:50 sunday morning: >> reporter: the caller was 39- year-old chad copely, a self- described neighborhood watchman. his complaint was about a large crowd gathered outside his home:
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>> reporter: minutes late, copely called 911 a second time: >> reporter: the victim, 20-year-old kouren thomas. he was leaving a crowded house party next door. copely later said... >> reporter: police say thomas was unarmed and copely's warning shot was a shotgun blast fired from inside his garage. he's in jail now, charged with first-degree murder. copely's attorney issued a statement saying, "we urge restraint and that folks not rush to judgment." the victim's mother, simone
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thomas, says she moved to raleigh from new york in 2001 to keep her son safe. >> he was a good kid. and i don't have him no more. and there's nothing i can do. >> reporter: copely is being held without bond on the murder charge. scott, thomas' mother says she's trying to raise the money she needs to bury her son. >> pelley: mark strassmann reporting. mark, thank you. today, florida recorded three more zika infections. 25 people are now believed to have been infected by florida mosquitoes. so far the outbreak appears to be contained in one square mile of miami. zika is known to cause microcephaly, a birth defect in which a baby's head and brain are abnormally small. we asked dr. jon lapook to tell us more about this rare disorder. ♪ the itsy bitsy spider went up the waterspout ♪
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>> reporter: like most six-year- olds, edmund picciuto loves singing, toys and, of course, his mother. but unlike most of his peers, edmund has microcephaly, the result of a genetic disorder his mom elizabeth didn't know about while pregnant. >> when he first came home, my initial thought is, "i can't do this. i can't do this. i didn't sign up for this." which is not true at all. of course you sign up for it. >> reporter: she and her husband vincent were told edmund might never recognize them, night not even survive. some doctors even suggested he be institutionalized. what was your response? >> my first response was, i didn't think people did that anymore. >> reporter: edmund didn't sit up or crawl until he was three and still doesn't talk. but he is slowly meeting some milestones-- walking with help, riding a bike, and playing with his two brothers. >> here he comes! >> we're teaching him some language. >> reporter: give me an example. >> so he will say, "edmund loves mama."
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well, this is how he says "mama." it's really this. >> reporter: so you speak edmund? >> yes, i speak edmund. >> reporter: sign language? >> yes. and he's invented some of his own signs, like this is "please sing to me." >> reporter: he just made that up? >> yeah, yeah! >> reporter: microcephaly can arise from a number of different conditions. genetic ones like edmund's, and infections during pregnancy like measles and zika. symptoms and prognosis can vary widely. can you touch my nose? you can! so you understand a lot. he understands a lot. >> oh, yeah, yeah. >> reporter: it's too early to tell how it will affect the lives of those affected with zika. picciuto remembers the emotional toll of an uncertain future. >> because i kept saying, what's going to happen? what's going to happen? what's going to happen? >> reporter: and she still doesn't really know. >> i actually haven't asked for a prognosis in forever because i don't expect anyone to really be able to tell me. he's charting his own course. >> reporter: but she has advice for the mothers of babies with birth defects from zika: >> it gets better.
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you know, it will get better for you. you will love your child. and your child will love you. >> reporter: and, she says, know you will find a new normal. ♪ clap your hands yes! well, done. dr. jon lapook, cbs news, rockville, maryland. >> pelley: coming up next on the "cbs evening news," a hazard on the highways, and how to make roads safer. roads safer. utrients from food alone. let's do more. add one a day women's 50+ complete multivitamin. with vitamin d and calcium to help support bone health. one a day. at safelite, we know how busy life can be. these kids were headed to their first dance recital... ...when their windshield got cracked... ...but they couldn't miss the show. so dad went to the new safelite-dot-com. and in just a few clicks, he scheduled a replacement... ...before the girls even took the stage. safelite-dot-com is the fast, easy way to schedule service anywhere in america!
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>> pelley: there's a highway >> pelley: there's a highway hazard that most drivers don't know about, but a report out today finds that it is causing tens of thousands of crashes. here's kris van cleave. >> reporter: watch as this yellow pad falls off a trailer on a minnesota interstate in june. 20-year-old brendan jakowski tried to avoid it, but couldn't. >> i just saw the thing fall, so i knew i had to move. i got severely lucky on the highway that no run ran me over or hit me. >> reporter: in january, 26-
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year-old charles hu was killed outside boston when the rear tire flew off this pick-up truck and struck his car. a a.a.a. foundation study found more than 200,000 crashes between 2011 and 2014 were caused by road debris, injuring 39,000 people. more than 500 died. >> a majority of these crashes are preventable, if drivers would just take the necessary precautions to secure their load or maintain their vehicle properly. >> reporter: tamra johnson from a.a.a. there's a good rule: if you wouldn't want to drive behind it, there is probably something wrong here. >> you know, if you put a load on your vehicle and you wouldn't want a family member driving behind you, it's a good sign it's not safe. >> you know, he had such a dynamic personality. how could that be gone from my life? >> reporter: next week, heidi coffee will mark ten years from the day her husband gavin was killed on a seattle freeway. metal shelving flew off this truck. gavin tried to avoid it. when he swerved, he was hit and killed by another car. a.a.a. found 37% of road debris deaths happen that way.
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heidi was seven months pregnant with their fifth child. >> i miss being a wife because that was my favorite thing, was to be his wife and best friend. and that's what i miss the most. >> reporter: these accidents are most common on highways and during the middle of the day. scott, in all 50 states, drivers can face fines if they're responsible for road debris, particularly if it results in an accident. in 16 states, they can face jail time. >> pelley: transportation correspondent kris van cleave. kris, thank you. criminal charges have been filed against the man who climbed trump tower. our biggest event of the year just got better! ♪ announcing zero for seventy-two across the entire lineup of ford cars, trucks and suvs. plus, tagged vehicles now get a thousand smart bonus. that's freedom from interest... and freedom to choose with ford. america's best selling brand.
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>> pelley: magic and bird, ali and frazier, and tonight, lochte and phelps. they'll duel in the pool one last time. ben tracy is in rio. >> lochte in lane four alongside phelps. >> reporter: in the semifinal of the 200 individual medley last night... >> michael on the right. lochte on the left. two of the best in history. >> reporter: ...the two greatest american male swimmers of all time were separated only by the lane line. >> phelps is looking pretty smooth again. >> reporter: michael phelps and ryan lochte may be teammates here in rio, but they've been rivals for more than 12 years. >> lochte right behind him. >> we both just go to that next level when we swim with one another. >> he's the hardest competitor i've ever had to go up against, and he's not likely to back down. and i'm not either. >> reporter: since the 2004 olympics, they have faced off in every 200m individual medley final, phelps beating lochte each time. but lochte is the four-time
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world champion and owns the world record in the event. he has now won 12 olympic medals, including six gold, and would be the most decorated male swimmer of all time-- if it weren't for phelps. tonight is their final showdown. phelps says he'll retire after rio. >> it's going to be a crazy race. >> reporter: dara torres swam in five olympics for team u.s.a. how big of a deal has this duel in the pool become? >> it's a very big deal. i don't think they would be as good as they are in this event if they didn't push each other. >> reporter: along the way, the two rivals became friends. they're sharing a room in the athletes village in rio. >> no matter what, win or lose, we're still going to be friends. and that rivalry that we've created is just great. >> reporter: but so is winning, and someone has to hit the wall first. ben tracy, cbs news, rio de janeiro. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news." for all of us at cbs news, all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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afford her own rent. a bay area commissioner.. now the ironic housing crisis. she built her career on pushing for housing solutions. now she can't afford her own wreck. a bay area commissioner now the ironic poster case for the housing crisis. good evening, i'm elizabeth cook. >> i'm ken bastida. new at 6:00, forced out because of insane rent. it's a story that we have heard countless times here. but now palo alto's own planning commissioner is giving up and moving out. kpix 5's keit do spoke to the woman, who wrote a scathing resignation letter calling out her city. >> reporter: it was quite an exit interview, honest an candid. this former planning commissioner said that palo alto is in a housing crisis and that her resignation letter had
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to be made public. kate downing dropped the bombshell that she was quitting during her last meeting as a palo alto planning commissioner talking about her future children. >> we wanted them to go to school with people who weren't millionaires. we wanted a future where we weren't worrying how to paying the bills. >> reporter: she posted her resignation letter or not internet talking about how she rents this home in palo alto with another couple for $6,200 a month. the letter goes on to chastize the city council for not doing more to build housing ignoring residents and preserving retail that has no reason to serve the average joe when the city's only affordable to joe millionaires. >> you didn't just burn this bridge. you destroyed this bridge. [ laughter ] >> you know, i'm not -- you know, i'm not worried. >> reporter: she is an attorney at a high-tech company and steve is a software engineer, they are adamant this is not a sob story just about them. it's about the service and blue collar workers in the area. >> commuting hours into gilr


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